Jurassic Park was the first PG-13 movie I ever got to see in the theater. Twenty-five years later, as the fifth film in the franchise is getting ready to lumber into theaters, the original still stands as one of the greatest blockbusters ever made. To honor those pesky dinos, WatchMojo has put together a list of the 10 best moments from the first four films of the Jurassic franchise. WM 90% nailed this one. The first film dominates the list, as it should. If I had to include every installment on the list, the only change between my list and theirs would have been to use the pterodactyl scene from Jurassic Park III instead of the Spinosaurus. The franchise is more notable for its ability to generate bank rather than its quality past the original film (the bomb that was JPIII aside). Fallen Kingdom’s early reviews don’t offer much hope that the fifth film will do much better than 2-4, but the original will always rank among my favorite summer films of all-time.
2 thoughts on “Top 10: Jurassic Park Moments”
On the poster for the new one, it says, “The Park Is Gone.”
Is it now? Thats’s good to know. It’s good to know that after FIVE FILMS they’ve retired the idea of a park. Frankly, by the middle of the first film they were picking thier way through the flaming ruins of the park, and I really thought that was the end of the “park” idea.
But I guess sometimes, you can get too close to something, and lose perspective, like InGen does, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and
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I’ve been busy spoiling myself. To sum it up (and in honor of Jeff Goldblum): Be afraid. Be very afraid. It sounds much worse than I could have possibly imagined. I wish it were just a remake of The Lost World, but that is not the whole film. Oh my, no.
The really sad thing is, when they rereleased the original JP about 5 years ago in theaters, it looked like it could have been released this year, as a new film. That is not hyperbole. The only things that made the film look dated were the displays on some of the computer monitors on the desks. And if JP holds up today, why are they not making more movies like JP? JP has the Indiana Jones thing going on, but it’s got an actual plot too, that makes perfect sense, with engaging characters who actually suffer, struggle, and grow, instead of going through the motions. Why are the basics of storytelling, that have been used to captivate audiences since the dawn of mankind, being disregarded like yesterday’s garbage? I mean, the Chinese were watching fireworks displays many centuries ago, but they did not confuse them with “Journey to the West.” Our society needs better stories, fast.
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